James Collins (footballer, born 1983)

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James Collins
James Collins 2016.jpg
Collins with West Ham United, October 2016
Personal information
Full name James Michael Collins[1]
Date of birth (1983-08-23) 23 August 1983 (age 35)[1]
Place of birth Newport, Wales
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[2]
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1998–2000 Cardiff City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2005 Cardiff City 66 (3)
2005–2009 West Ham United 54 (2)
2009–2012 Aston Villa 91 (5)
2012–2018 West Ham United 134 (4)
National team
2001 Wales U19 3 (0)
2002 Wales U20 2 (0)
2002–2004 Wales U21 8 (0)
2004–2016 Wales 51 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:16, 13 May 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 04:34, 2 November 2017 (UTC)

James Michael Collins (born 23 August 1983) is a Welsh professional footballer who most recently played as a defender for West Ham United. Collins was in his second spell with West Ham. He started his career with Cardiff City, progressing through the club's youth system before making his senior debut in 2000.

He also played for Aston Villa in between his two periods with West Ham. Collins also played for the Wales national football team, making his debut in 2004. He went on to win 51 caps before announcing his international retirement in 2017.

Early life[edit]

Collins was born in Newport and attended St Joseph's Roman Catholic High School as a teenager.[3]

Club career[edit]

Cardiff City[edit]

As a youngster, Collins played in the youth teams of local sides Shaftesbury and Pill before joining Cardiff City at the age of 15.[3] He signed as a trainee in August 2000, after playing local football in his native city of Newport.[4] He was one of two first-year apprentices offered a professional contract for the 2000–01 season along with Martyn Giles.[5] He made his debut for Cardiff at the age of 17 in an FA Cup match against Bristol Rovers on 19 November 2000,[6] which Cardiff won 5–1, as a substitute in place of Robert Earnshaw.[7] However, a broken toe suffered soon after limited his appearances during his debut season.[5]

In his early years with the club, Collins played as both a defender and a striker with manager Lennie Lawrence stating that "it wasn't clear whether James was a centre-half or a centre-forward" when he was appointed manager.[8] Collins' broke into the first-team playing as a forward, scoring in his first start for the club during a 1–1 draw with Colchester United in November 2001.[9] Lawrence and his coaching staff would settle on playing Collins as a defender and he went on to make 86 appearances in all competitions for Cardiff, scoring six goals.[4] He won the Welsh Young Player of the Year award in 2005.[10]

West Ham United[edit]

Collins joined West Ham United in July 2005, along with his centre-back partner at Cardiff, Danny Gabbidon, in a £3.5 million deal for the pair as Cardiff attempted cut their wage bill and raise money.[10][11] West Ham had previously seen a £350,000 bid for Collins rejected.[12] Cardiff chairman Sam Hammam later stated that club could have received a better price for Collins from other clubs but West Ham were the only team to place a bid for Gabbidon and would only complete the transfer if it included both players.[13]

Due to fitness problems as well as competition from more experienced players, Collins did not make his West Ham debut until the League Cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday on 20 September 2005, which West Ham won 4–2.[14] He made his Premiership debut on 29 October 2005 in a 2–0 away defeat by Liverpool.[15] He scored his first goal for West Ham in a 1–1 draw with Portsmouth on Boxing Day 2005.[16] Collins ended his first Hammers season with two league goals, after scoring again in a 4–1 defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in April 2006.[17]

Due to injuries to new signing Matthew Upson and 2005–06 Hammer of the Year Danny Gabbidon, Collins was given the chance to form a centre-back partnership with Anton Ferdinand towards the end of the 2006–07 season.[citation needed]

On 28 January 2008, it was announced that Collins would be out for a year after suffering severe ligament damage in a West Ham reserve game against Portsmouth.[18] His injury kept him out for nine months and on 26 October 2008, Collins returned to first team action, starting in West Ham's 2–0 loss to Arsenal at Upton Park.[19]

Aston Villa[edit]

Collins signed a four-year contract with Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee on 1 September 2009, the last day of the transfer window.[20] On his league debut for Villa, on 13 September, he helped them keep a clean sheet in the Second City Derby against Birmingham City.[21] His first goal for the club was the winner against Chelsea in a 2–1 victory,[22] in which he was named Man of the Match. Collins played the full ninety minutes of the League Cup Final at Wembley on 28 February 2010, which saw Aston Villa beaten 1–2 by Manchester United.[23] Collins also played the full game when Villa returned to Wembley on 10 April 2010, in a 0–3 defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final. In March 2011, manager Gérard Houllier fined Collins and fellow centre-back Richard Dunne two weeks' wages after what was reported as "a boozy row with club staff during a team-bonding exercise".[24]

Return to West Ham United[edit]

On 1 August 2012, Collins signed for West Ham United for an undisclosed fee on a four-year contract.[25] He was allocated the number 19 shirt, which he wore in his first spell with the club.[26] On 18 August 2012, Collins started alongside Winston Reid in a 1–0 home win against his former club, Aston Villa on the opening day of the 2012–13 Premier League season.[27] He was also awarded 'Man of the Match' for his performance on his second 'debut'.[28] Collins first goals in his second spell with West Ham came on 5 January in an FA Cup 3rd round tie against Manchester United. The game finished 2–2 with Collins scoring two headed goals from crosses by Joe Cole.[29] Collins signed a two-year extension to his contract on 24 December 2015, which could keep him at the club until 2018.[30] On 15 August 2016, Collins scored West Ham's first Premier League goal of the season, in a 2–1 defeat against London rivals, Chelsea.[31]

Following the end of the 2017–18 season, it was announced that Collins' contract would not be renewed and that he would leave the club on 30 June.[32] Collins posted an Instagram message in which he said he was "heartbroken" by the situation.[33]

International career[edit]

Collins (wearing No.19) faces the Netherlands in 2015.

Collins played for the Wales under-21 team on several occasions and captained them in a match against Germany U21s.[34]

Collins made his debut for the senior Wales side against Norway in 2004, becoming the first player in Wales' history to have played at every age level from schoolboy to the senior team.[7][35] He scored his first goal for Wales in a 3–1 defeat to Cyprus on 13 October 2007. Ever present during 2010 World Cup qualifying, he captained Wales in the last qualifier against Liechtenstein and helped keep a clean sheet in a 2–0 win. Collins was given the captain's armband for the senior squad for the first time for a friendly against Sweden on 3 March 2010.[36] Collins scored his first international goal in the 21st minute of a Euro 2008 qualifying match against Cyprus in October 2007.[37] On 7 September 2012 in a 2014 World Cup qualifying against Belgium game he was given a straight red card for a two-footed lunge on Guillaume Gillet, Wales went on to lose the match 2–0.[38] Having made 51 appearances for Wales, Collins announced his international retirement in November 2017.[39]

Personal life[edit]

Collins is a redhead and is nicknamed "Ginge" and "Ginger Pelé".[40][41]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 13 May 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cardiff City 2000–01[42] Third Division 3 0 2 0 0 0 1[a] 0 6 0
2001–02[43] Second Division 7 1 2 0 0 0 3[b] 0 12 1
2002–03[44] Second Division 2 0 3 2 0 0 2[a] 0 7 2
2003–04[45] First Division 20 1 0 0 1 0 21 1
2004–05[46] Championship 34 1 2 1 4 0 40 2
Total 66 3 9 3 5 0 6 0 86 6
West Ham United 2005–06[47] Premier League 14 2 3 0 2 0 19 2
2006–07[48] Premier League 16 0 0 0 0 0 1[c] 0 17 0
2007–08[49] Premier League 3 0 0 0 2 0 5 0
2008–09[50] Premier League 18 0 3 0 0 0 21 0
2009–10[51] Premier League 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 54 2 6 0 4 0 1 0 65 2
Aston Villa 2009–10[51] Premier League 27 1 5 1 5 0 0 0 37 2
2010–11[52] Premier League 32 3 2 0 2 0 1[d] 0 37 3
2011–12[53] Premier League 32 1 1 0 1 0 34 1
Total 91 5 8 1 8 0 1 0 108 6
West Ham United 2012–13[54] Premier League 29 0 1 2 0 0 30 2
2013–14[55] Premier League 24 1 0 0 2 0 26 1
2014–15[56] Premier League 27 0 2 1 0 0 29 1
2015–16[57] Premier League 19 0 3 0 1 0 2[d] 0 25 0
2016–17[58] Premier League 22 2 0 0 0 0 2[d] 0 24 2
2017–18[59] Premier League 13 1 0 0 2 0 15 1
Total 134 4 6 3 5 0 4 0 149 7
West Ham United U23 2017–18[59] 1[e] 0 1 0
Career total 345 14 29 7 22 0 6 0 7 0 409 21
  1. ^ a b Appearance in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Two appearances in Football League Trophy, one in Second Division play-offs
  3. ^ Appearance in UEFA Cup
  4. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
  5. ^ Appearance in EFL Trophy

International[edit]

As of match played 5 September 2016[60]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Wales 2004 5 0
2005 5 0
2006 5 0
2007 9 1
2008 3 0
2009 6 1
2010 4 0
2011 3 0
2012 1 0
2013 3 0
2014 1 1
2015 2 0
2016 4 0
Total 51 3

International goals[edit]

Wales score listed first, score column indicates score after each Collins goal.[60]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 13 October 2007 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus 22  Cyprus 1–0 1–3 UEFA Euro 2008 qualification
2 9 September 2009 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales 31  Russia 1–1 1–3 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 5 March 2014 Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales 45  Iceland 1–0 3–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Cardiff City

West Ham United

Aston Villa

References[edit]

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